GUWAHATI, April 2 - As part of the measures taken by the State government to ensure cleanliness and contain and control the outbreak of COVID-19 in the State, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today led a sanitisation exercise and himself sprayed sanitiser near the old jail at Fancy Bazar.
The sanitisation drive has been undertaken by the Gauhati Municipal Corporation (GMC) with the help of the Fire and Emergency Services, as a preventive measure to contain spread of the novel coronavirus. The GMC has so far sanitised several routes and areas in and around Guwahati city.
Minister for Guwahati Development Department Siddhartha Bhattacharya was also present during the sanitisation exercise at Fancy Bazar.
Later, talking to reporters, Chief Minister Sonowal said that COVID-19 pandemic is a global health hazard which should be contained and controlled with unified and coordinated efforts.
As sanitisers are believed to be effective in killing the disease-causing virus along with promoting health hygiene, the government has given emphasis on societal hygiene and hence, GMC has launched the sanitisation programme throughout the city, Sonowal said.
The Chief Minister also maintained that since social distancing and avoidance of any social gathering occupy the �standard protocol� designed worldwide to contain and control virus infection, people should adhere to the lockdown properly for 21 days.
Meanwhile, in view of several patients being found positive for COVID-19 in Assam, the State health department is fully prepared to provide the right kind of treatment to all infected persons with adequate quarantine facilities, ICUs, ventilators, etc.